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Harbourfront Centre presents 10 visual arts exhibitions showcasing exciting new works of Canadian artists

TORONTO, May 10, 2007—Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the upcoming spring medley of enthralling visual arts exhibitions. There are many stimulating and engaging exhibitions including the photographs of Narrating Desire, displaying human vulnerability, passion, and a need for acceptance; The Family Farm Project focuses on the creation of identity in photographs. Both exhibitions are part of CONTACT 2007 Toronto Photography Festival. Ongoing Ideal Forms (After Versailles) is a mixed media installation that represents the famous garden at Versailles, France; and Proportion and Bliss reveals the beauty of ceramics.

The public opening reception for the exhibitions takes place on Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is free. The exhibitions run from May 18 to July 8, unless otherwise noted. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Exhibition hours for main gallery: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday except holiday Mondays, noon to 6 p.m. Regular hours for The Craft Studio: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Narrating Desire, curated by Jennifer Long, examines essential human needs through intimate photographs from the five participating artists, Danelle Bleackley, Kotama Bouabane, Clare Samuel, Meera Margaret Singh and Morten Nilsson. These photographs explore how desire universally enters into everyone’s life. At its basis as a human need, desire is often irrational or all encompassing, and at times it pushes people to take chances and make choices not always wise. Narrating Desire examines how something as subtle as a glance or tone of voice can lead to triggering personal attractions. It is an emotionally draining and stimulating state, which is often dominant when the unknown is luring its subject. This feral side of human nature, when overindulged, often tolerates substantial risk for a lustful experience.

The photographs of Rob MacInnis’ The Family Farmexamine the idea of creating an identity within the image. Intensely stylized, The Family Farm portraits demand immediate emotional reaction, drawing on the raw connection between viewer and subject and exposing the instinctive, compassionate union of species.

Nathalie Latham’sSpeaking Through Water is a four channel video installation accompanied by photographs inspired by a dream during which she uttered words into water. This exhibition documents the concerns of self and others, and deconstructs the processes of personal and societal censorship.

The photographic works of Narrating Desire, Rob MacInnis’ The Family Farm Project and Nathalie Latham’s Speaking Through Water are all part of CONTACT 2007 Toronto Photography Festival. For more information on CONTACT 2007 visit www.contactphoto.com.

Crystal Mowry’s Ongoing Ideal Forms (After Versailles) is a mixed-media installation that reconstructs the famous landscape of the garden at Versailles, evoking a place for abandonment and discovery. The installation affords two perspectives on the same object through the juxtaposition of a miniature model landscape and a live camera that perpetually moves around the landscape. The landscape installation is modeled after a combination of photos of the gardens, taken from a range of perspectives and at different times of the day.

The exhibition Whisper Clang plays with the idea of generations but not necessarily in a ‘relative’ way. The work utilizes images and ideas of past generations and re-presents them in a contemporary context. The title refers to the reverberations of past influences and the degree to which they resonate. Craft is steeped in references to past technological developments and innovations; categories, movements, genres, taxonomies etc. The artists pay homage, take liberties with these references. Curated by Melanie Egan. The participating artists are Marina Dempster (Hitoko Okada), Ryan Legassicke, Lindsay Montgomery (Janet MacPherson) and Sarah Jane Reynolds (Myles Covent).

Viewers are exposed to the elegance and functionality of a ceramic liquor set with Proportion and Bliss. Artist-in-residence Sean Kunz, uses ceramic bottles to connect us to a time before plastics when domestic items were hand made, each with their own unique character.

With Desirable Traits (or the Origin of Desire), artist-in-residence Carmen Schroeder explores biological traits where she traces back possibilities of how they might have been personally affected, with specific attention on gender. A series of ceramic constructions refer to biological forms, as well as narrative imagery.

In instant coffee: wish you were here, 2007, instant coffee, models of various ongoing instant coffee projects are displayed in a diorama-like manner complete with scaled down multiples and various ephemeral objects.

Ethno-Cultural Portrait of Canada, Statistics Canada, 2001 features the work of Claire Ironside and Angela Iarocci. This portrait, represented as a chart, expresses the 93 different ethnic origins as declared by Canadians in the 2001 census by Statistics Canada. As such, every Canadian who declared their origin participated in the construction of the artwork.

Love Transcending Boundaries, the 5th Annual Miniature Juried Exhibition, presents diverse artists who aim to raise awareness about the infinite abilities of kindness and love. This year, all proceeds from Love Transcending Boundaries will sponsor an anti-racism speaker series in cooperation with: Hillel, UJA Federation and Lonsdale Annex. The exhibition, presented by Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, runs from May 19 to May 21.

FOCUS: DESIRE
Harbourfront Centre questions all that you desire. Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right, is it wrong? Through May 2007, Harbourfront Centre invites you to satisfy your cultural cravings. DESIRE is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. Our Lens. Your View.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

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